Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
All Saints Orthodox Church Ministries
A Dearborn/Downriver Orthodox Parish for Everyone
Thank you for our Special Blessing Archbishop PETER

 

With the Blessing of our Vladyka, Archbishop PETER,
we have been honored to grow into our new lives under our new name:

    Christ the Savior Orthodox Church.      

  

A Mission Parish of ROCOR 

Office/Contact: 
Rev. Gregory Joyce (Rector and Spiritual Advisor)
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar (Administrator and Starosta)
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Service Address
10475 West Jefferson Avenue
River Rouge, MI  48218
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Mailing Address
30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI  48173
Direct Line: 734/934-6337  (call/text)
Fax Line: 734/671-8337
Email: AllSaintsDownriver@gmail.com 
Facebook:  All Saints Orthodox Mission

Website - www.AllSaintsOrthodoxChurch.org

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Welcome to Our Website!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church

All Saints Orthodox Church Ministries

 A Mission of ROCOR 

 
Office/Contact: 
V. Rev. Gregory Joyce (Rector and Spiritual Advisor)
Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar (Administrator and Starosta)
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Service Address: 
10475 West Jefferson Avenue
River Rouge, MI  48218
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Business (Mailing) Address: 
30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI  4817
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Direct Line: 734/934-6337  (call/text)
Fax Line: 734/671-8337

Email: AllSaintsDownriver@gmail.com 
Facebook:  All Saints Orthodox Mission
St. Hedwig Flower Shop - All Saints Flower & Gift Shop
Telephone (call/text): 
313/897-4880
Email: StHedwig@AllSaintsOrthodoxChurch.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MinistryofAllSaintsOrthodoxChurch/
Instagram:
St.Hedwig11
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This is YOUR Special Invitation!
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing
Still Learning and Growing

Glory to Jesus Christ!
Welcome to our Christ theSavior Orthodox Mission Church Parish!

We are just south of Detroit in the community we affectionately call the Dearborn/Downriver area, and welcome everyone from Southeast Michigan & Northwest Ohio.

Exciting times are coming our Way! 

We still do Reader's Services on Sundays, and schedule a Divine Liturgy at least once a month, celebrating ALL Holy Days and our Archbishop PETER is helping us actively seek our own Shepherd.

We have a nice small community who still feels that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and wants to spread the love and compassion of God's Will through prayer and celebration.  In fact, it's in our Mission Statement!

Our criteria isn't based on where you live or whether you are Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian - We want everyone to come and celebrate the True Word of our Holy Orthodox Christianity.  Although many of may have never heard of us (especially without an ethnicity attached), we have been around since Jesus Christ Himself, and can show our ties without Ancestry.com (although that would be interesting to see).

(A brief history lesson:  We actually know that the Christian Church had 5 Patriarchates, one of which was in Rome.  The schism that happened by 1054 was a gradually splitting apart that ended with Rome breaking away from the others. (in an edict delivered to the patriarch in Constantinople). We are historically the true and original (orthodox) Christian church.)

Please come and check us out.  We really have something special and are very excited to talk about it:  In English, Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Serbian, Mexican, Arabic or even Cherokee Indian!

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Yes - We Have Found Our New Home

Yes, It is True - We found a new Home!

After some intense bargaining with an awesome buiding owner and some really great meetings and projects with the City Administration, we have decided to pursue a nice 2 story building with almost 3000 square feet of open space right in the downtown area of River Rouge.  This will present some really great opportunities for our small mission parish to grow, while bringing some business and training opportunities to the area through our ministries.

Head over to our "PHOTOS - Our New Home" link and read more about it and enjoy some of the pictures of the challenges that face us there.  It truly is a Wonderful Opportunity!

Meanwhile, below is some of the completed work to date.  We were able to have our First Service last week (for the Nativity of the Holy Theotokas) and have Reader's Services planned for ALL Sundays in the future with some announced Divine Liturgies shortly.

Nativity of the Theotokas
Nativity of the Theotokas
Nativity of the Theotokas
Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
Bringing the Flame from the Holy Sepulcre
Always lit on the Holy Altar
Always lit on the Holy Altar
Always lit on the Holy Altar

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A Special Note from Our Rector/Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Fr. Gregory Joyce (This photo is an oldie, but goody)
Dear Downriver Mission Parishioners & Friends,
After several months of moving into a new facility at:
 
10475 W. Jefferson
River Rouge, MI 48218
 
We are ready to resume Divine Services! We invite everyone to join us for Reader’s Services on September 24 at 11:00 a.m. and every Sunday thereafter until we have a permanent priest to lead us. Divine Liturgies will be at 10:00 a.m. as we can schedule them – mostly on Saturdays for now – and we will let you know about these well in advance so you can prepare yourself prayerfully to partake of the Holy Mysteries! 
 
More good news: Archbishop Peter has changed the name of our Mission to “Christ the Savior”. Our new feast day will be on August 16/29. This was done in order to facilitate the surrounding community understanding exactly who and what we are from their first introduction to us. The average American might not understand what “All Saints” is, but they understand completely who Christ the Savior is.
 
More good news: Archbishop Peter has blessed us to contact potential candidates for our open Rector position. That is, Vladyka is blessing us to find a permanent priest for the Mission. We are moving forward! Join us as we grow! Invite friends – this is the BEST way to bring new people to the Mission and to Christ: simply invite them to join you for the Divine Services. We hope to announce the visit of the first candidate very soon. A lot is happening – we are building much momentum with God’s blessing. Please pray that the Lord will send a priest to help us bring the light of Christ to more and more people Downriver!
 
With Love in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Fr. Gregory
 
 
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Your Donations Could Really Help and are Tax Deductible!

Dear Parishioners and Friends! We would like to ask you to consider making a

donation to the parish to help us work with our new community. Donations to

All Saints Orthodox Mission Church are deductible to the greatest extent allowable by law.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions in this regard. It is also

very important that your address be up to date in our parish database. If you have

moved, have a new email or cell phone, or other contact information, please visit

this link to update your information with the parish

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We Appreciate Anything You Could Afford - Thank You so much for Your Generosity

And You Can Simply Use This New Tab Below, too.

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Important Dates / Upcoming Events

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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EVENTS CONFIRMED IN NOVEMBER and DECEMBER
(Please watch here for updates)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11am - Reader Service in our new Building in River Rouge

Don't Be Late!
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Monday, December 4, 2017 - Entry of the Theotokos

Sunday, December 10, 2017 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
Divine Liturgy - 10am in River Rouge

Sunday, January 14, 2018 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

Sunday, January 28, 2018 - Reader's Service in River Rouge

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Please Contact Office for Service Information
(Please visit our website often.  We are working on our long term schedule now.)

If you need to see a priest, or know someone who may enjoy a home visit,
please let us know. 
We also have some times available to continue Home (and Grave) Blessings.

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Nativity Fast began November 28

A Special Note from Fr. Gregory:

We congratulate all our parish family with the beginning of the upcoming Lenten period preceding the feast of our Lord’s Nativity! This Lenten period begins November 28 each year and runs until January 7 – the feast of our Lord’s Nativity. This Lenten period is much less stringent than Great Lent. During this fast, as usual, we abstain from meat and dairy products. But fish is allowed on many days. Please consult our parish schedule (linked below) for more details on the culinary aspects of fasting. Of course, the culinary fast is a tool to aid us spiritually to prepare for our Lord’s Nativity – it is not an end unto itself. If you have not fasted in the past please consult Fr. Gregory for practical advice on how to be successful in fasting. Fasting a very important way that we place ourselves in obedience to the Church, the Ark of our salvation, and extraordinarily helpful in our spiritual struggle to draw nearer to our Lord at this special time of year.

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COCC Nativity Concert

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Come and Hear - 
You are invited to the 
Annual COCC 
Christ is Born! 
Christmas Concert & Afterglow


DATE: Sunday, December 10 
TIME: 6:00 P.M. 

LOCATION: 
St. Mary the Protectress 
Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral 
21931 Evergreen Road 
Southfield, Michigan 48075 
Between 8 & 9 Mile Roads 

ADMISSION: Free-will offering 

CONTACT: 
Olga Liss 
olgaliss0910@gmail.com 
248 252-8184 

 

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) 
is pleased to sponsor its 3rd annual 

Christ is Born! Glorify Him! 
A Detroit Orthodox Christmas Concert
 

The concert will feature Nativity hymns and carols from Greece, Romania, Serbia, and Ukraine sung by selected choirs from local Orthodox churches. Throughout the program, there will be a narration of the Nativity story. 
There will also be English-language hymns sung by an inter-Orthodox chorus and a sing-a-long of popular carols. 
An afterglow reception will follow.

 

A freewill offering will be collected during the concert to support local Orthodox charities, and attendees are invited to bring canned and non-perishable food for donation to Orthodox outreach programs. 

Come and Sing with Us!

 

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Announcements

Please refer to this area for everything upcoming in our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Order Early
Order Early
Order Early
Our Flower and Gift Shop is Now Open!

Welcome to the newest Ministry in our All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish Family!

To the Glory of God and with a Special Thank you for the generosity of the Turza Family, we are proud to announce that Archbishop PETER has given His Blessing for us to receive their donation of all Business and Assets of the St. Hedwig Flower and Gift Shop of Detroit, Michigan (effective February 29, 2016).

We have been working diligently on creating a fair and exciting business plan for the benefit of ALL as we perpetuate and promote Eastern Orthodox Christianity in our region, and as we solicit business to raise the necessary funding for Our Community and Neighborhood Programs coming together now in a special Action Plan.

Please think of us for your floral and gifting needs for all occations. It is our hope to provide the best products and services available to our Customers, but also it is important for us to be a real Resource to all those who may need us.

Please go back to the TOP of this page and find the link to the St. Hedwig Flower & Gift Shop.  Click it to find our latest specials and for something you may like for you, too.

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Our Mother's Day Tent on Livernois and Michigan Avenue

 

Mother's Day 2017
Mother's Day 2017
Mother's Day 2017
Gus teaching Sasha
Gus teaching Sasha
Gus teaching Sasha
Our Beautiful Display
Our Beautiful Display
Our Beautiful Display

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Furniture (and some Really Great Estate Items) For Sale

Are you in the market for some really nice furniture?  How about Kitchenware, or Books, Electronics or maybe some really nice Christmas Items and Decorations?  Recently, we had the opportunity to work with a family in need  prepare their Estate for the inevitable, and was able to come in and remove items and help clean up their house for sale. 

Now we have the opportunity to help others!  We have some really great stuff available for families in need, and for sale for folks who are looking for the right kind of furniture and stuff at Special Bargain Prices.  Of course, all proceeds are going toward our new building and the ministries we want to bring to our new Home Community of River Rouge and surrounding areas.

Head over to our "Year in Review - 2017" page to see photos of some really detailed photographs of items still available and looking for a new home.  Please take a look, and/or if you want to visit, call us to get into the Storage Facility (near Trenton).  We are also planning on advertising it online and having another Sale for You Bargain Shoppers.

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Taylor Needs Our Help!

Taylor Slis-Morton needs our help.  Her school has started a major Fundraising Campaign and she is working hard to make this successful.  This program requires collecting boxtops for credits.  We have included a special link to get more details and register to help her.  Please try - She really needs our help.

http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

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We made the Newspaper - Awesome Article!

In Celebration of our surge for Growth, The News Herald (our award winning publication for the entire Downriver Area) wrote a wonderful article about us authored by an amazing Shannon Rossi. 

Please share it with all of your friends.  To the Awesome Article. Click the link:

 
 
 Shannon Rossi is a free lance writer for the newspaper and really took the time to talk to Fr Gregory and me, and I think she did a really nice job.  Please read it and share your thoughts, too.
 
Please watch for us in future articles and in their Under the Spires category.  We will participate with them whenever we can.  This is such an exciting, yet important time in the life of this new mission.  Please Pray for us, too.
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LIKE US - On our New Facebook Page

 

Thanks to Tiffany Morton-Slis, We have our own new Facebook Page.

All Saints Orthodox Mission

Please stop by: Check Us Out
LIKE US
Tell Your Friends

Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/AllSaintsOrthodoxMissionChurch/

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St. John Kochurov Society
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov
St. John of Kochurov

 

The Michigan Deanery St. John Kochurov Society met on November 13, 2015 at St. Vladimir with a small reception (Lenten hors d'oeuvres).  It was well attended and Fr. Gregory and Karl Meyer spent some quality time presenting and answering questions.  For a nominal commitment, they pointed out just how important this program was to our entire diocese by how they have already helped in the past and some of the target areas we are working for in the near and far future.  Karl has also agreed to visit the other parishes in our deanery (including us), and present it again.  All Saints has made a commitment to this important project.

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St. John was the first priestly martyr of the Russian Revolution, but before that he had served for 10+ years in our diocese. And thus Bishop Peter blessed for St. John to be the patron of our diocesan fund for those in need of assistance. This fund focuses especially on Monasteries, Missions (and Mission Clergy), and Youth.

You can learn more about the St. John Kochurov Society (below) and how we can support this important ministry! 
To learn more about St. John please visit the links below.

English:

http://oca.org/saints/lives/2015/10/31/103122-priestmartyr-john-kochurov

Russian:
http://days.pravoslavie.ru/Life/life363.htm

Join the St. John Kochurov Society!

The St. John Kochurov Society supports:
Youth Ministry
Mission Parishes
Monastic Institutions

We are the youngest diocese in North America and we still have a lot of work to do in these areas! Your gift – large or small – to the St. John Kochurov Society will help – A LOT!  Our Michigan Deanery has traditionally had the most members in the St. John society and we would like to see that continue.

How can you help? See the links below and take action today!
St. John Kochurov Society Web Site:
http://www.sjksdcma.org/

Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Karl Meyer presents our opportunity to help
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce
Fr. Gregory Joyce

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FLASH EDUCATION LESSION: Who is St. John of Kronstadt?

Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt (1908)

Commemorated on October 19

Saint John of Kronstadt was a married priest, who lived with his wife in virginity. Through his untiring labours in his priestly duties and love for the poor and sinners, he was granted by our Lord great gifts of clairvoyance and miracle-working, to such a degree that in the last years of his life miracles of healings — both of body and of soul — were performed countless times each day through his prayers, often for people who had only written to him asking his help. During his lifetime he was known throughout Russia, as well as in the Western world. He has left us his diary My Life in Christ as a spiritual treasure for Christians of every age; simple in language, it expounds the deepest mysteries of our Faith with that wisdom which is given only to a heart purified by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Foreseeing as a true prophet the Revolution of 1917, he unsparingly rebuked the growing apostasy among the people; he foretold that the very name of Russia would be changed. As the darkness of unbelief grew thicker, he shone forth as a beacon of unquenchable piety, comforting the faithful through the many miracles that he worked and the fatherly love and simplicity with which he received all. Saint John reposed in peace in 1908.

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SubDeacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund

On Wednesday, February 19, 2013 evening, one of our founders, SubDeacon Peter Boyar suffered a massive stroke, had since gone through several major surgeries at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn and remained in the Critical Care unit of the ICU until he reposed on April 2, 2014, calmly and quietly while his family was present.    

As Sub Deacon Peter was an advocate and inspiration to all Orthodox Christians with his hard work and dedication to our Faith, and in his vision for the future of Orthodoxy for his family and friends, and as an original Founding Member of the All Saints Orthodox Mission Parish, our family would like to ask that in lieu of cards, flowers or gifts, that you would instead contribute to the newly formed Sub-Deacon Peter Boyar Memorial Building Fund to help fulfill his shared dream dedicated to the Glory of God and to the future of our Holy Orthodox life.

May his Memory be Eternal!

 

Please mail to All Saints Orthodox Church 30111 Marr Street Gibraltar, MI 48173.
Include your Contact Information for proper acknowledgement and Tax Deductible information. 

Thank you

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News/Features

Please refer to this area for everything going on in our Mission Parish
so far in 2017

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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We finally have our Home for Services - Check out this Reader's Service

Finding times and places to hold services on a regular basis is tough enough, so one can only imagine how much harder it is when you lose your home.  By the Glory of God, we were finally able to negotiate something affordable with a wonderful woman, who is strong and brave in conquering her own challenges and issues.  We have spent a lot of time/money and oh so many labor hours of Love, and although it is not perfect (maybe not even close), we can finally serve there. Our chapel is ready and attitude is grateful. 

Now is the time to do our thing!

On October 1, 2017, we had a real fun time praying in our new chapel.  Check out the photos!
Better yet, come on down and give us a try - we are here every week - and more!

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KONOVETS QUARTET - Wonderful Performance!

KONOVETS MALE ACAPELLA QUARTET PERFORM WONDERFUL CONCERT IN RIVER ROUGE

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, The City of River Rouge (with Mayor Michael Bowdler and the City Council) along with Christ the Savior Orthodox Church and All Saints Orthodox Mission Ministries (of River Rouge) sponsored the Internationally Acclaimed Singing Group, KONOVETS MALE ACAPELLA QUARTET (from St. Petersburg, Russia) to perform in River Rouge - Their only Detroit performance this year.  

They sang several pieces from Traditional Russian Orthodox arrangements to fun Folklore Hits from their Russian childhood days.  Everyone seemed to have a great time, and the many guests that have history with the Russian Culture really enjoyed the memories they brought back.  

The four seminarians from the Konovets Monastery near St. Petersburg, Russia have been traveling throughout the US and Canada delighting crowds while raising funds for their Renovation Project of their Holy Monastery Grounds (see flier and website).  This was their only performance in Detroit this year (although they did sing at the St. Vladimir Orthodox Church – Ann Arbor on Saturday evening at their Vigil Service).  

There were no tickets sold or admission charge, however a Free-Will basket was available for those who wanted to donate to their cause, as well as displays of various souvenirs (including music CD’s which they autographed) that were available to purchase.  Donations may still be sent to them by sending gifts to Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in River Rouge or St. Vladimir Church in Dexter (but please note it on your check).  After their performance, appetizers and refreshments were served at an Afterglow Reception in their Honor.

When asked, Mayor Michael Bowdler said, “This was an extremely exciting opportunity and hopefully could be the first of many activities coming to River Rouge to attract positive attention and investment to the area.”  Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar agreed, and continued to rave how everyone loved their show.

All Questions and Additional Information may be available by contacting Sub-Deacon Michael Boyar, Starosta (Administrator) or Fr. Gregory Joyce, Rector of Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission Church.

 

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Our First Divine Liturgy in River Rouge was So Wonderful!

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church celebrated our First Divine Liturgy in our New Building on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Our Rector and Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Gregory Joyce was given instructions to help another parish out-state so he had to make some quick arrangements and by the Glory of God, we had the honor of Fr. Joshua Genig (of St. Innocent Orthodox Church in Redford) come elebrate with us.

We decided to start a bit earlier to give our members and guests a chance to come be a part of a brand new experience, yet leave enough time in the day to keep our Saturday commitments and responsibilities.  This seemed to work, but because of some unforeseen issues, we ended starting a bit later anyhow (I know, Orthodox time), however everything went well - at least well for a mission parish that was a little rusty and everyone participating in different places to help out - but it was fun and we created a really nice experience with several people confessing and communing, too.

Fr. Joshua was exciting and full of energy, but real gentle and genuine, and especially patient.  He even had a brand new Altar Server, Daniel Race, who did a great job helping Cody keep things going.  Robert did a phenominal job with responses and chanting, especially The Epistle.  The Kazan Icon of the Theotokos was such a nice lesson to learn about, and Fr. Joshua did an amazing job teaching us how to apply the lesson to our new and exciting life here.  Thank you!

We are hoping to apply some regularity for future Liturgies, however plans have not been set yet, so keep and eye out on this website, our Facebook page, or just call us anytime. At this point, we will continue Reader's Services on Sundays and Holy Days, as we can.  They are very interesting, interactive, and short, but fulfilling. 

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We have the Flame from the Holy Sepelchre Church in Jerusalem
Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle
Our Special Burning Candle

We are honored and privileged to be able to offer Orthodox Christians the opportunity to pray before the actual flame brought to us from the Church of the Holy Sepelchre in Jerusalem!

This special flame was brought to Canada by Greek Orthodox clergy and given to Sonia Boyar many years ago by Fr. Constantine Katsilas; and she has been generous to share it many Faithful Family and Friends in the Detroit Area, including our mission parish.

Please feel free to come by anytime and pray or light a candle at our church or take one home.

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Here is a little history:
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, known as the Church of the Resurrection (Anastasis) to Eastern Orthodox Christians, is a church in the Old City of Jerusalem that is the holiest Christian site in the world. It stands on a site that is believed to encompass both Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb (sepulchre) where he was buried. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.

Authenticity
Although it is not certain, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre could be located over the actual tomb of Christ. The most important supporting evidence is as follows: Based on the above factors, the Oxford Archaeological Guide to the Holy Land concludes:  The Israeli scholar Dan Bahat, former City Archaeologist of Jerusalem, has said this of the church:

History of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The early Christian community of Jerusalem appears to have held liturgical celebrations at Christ's tomb from the time of the resurrection until the city was taken by the Romans in 66 AD. Less than a century later, in 135 AD, Emperor Hadrian filled in the quarry to provide a level foundation for a temple to Aphrodite.

The site remained buried beneath the pagan temple until Emperor Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in 312 AD. He soon showed an interest in the holy places associated with his new faith, and commissioned numerous churches to be built throughout the Holy Land. The most important of these, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was begun in 326 AD.

Constantine's builders dug away the hillside to leave the rock-hewn tomb of Christ isolated and with enough room to built a church around it. They also cleared away Hadrian's temple and the material with which an old quarry had been filled to provide the temple's foundations. In the process, according to contemporary Christian historians, the Rock of Golgotha was found. The Church was formally dedicated in 335 with an oration by Constantine's biographer, Eusebius of Caesarea.

In the course of the excavations, Constantine's mother St. Helena is said to have discovered the True Cross near the tomb. This is a relatively early legend, but was unknown by Eusebius, the historian and contemporary of Constantine. The legend says St. Helena actually discovered three crosses - those of the two thieves and that of Christ. To discern the one belonging to Christ, a sick man was brought to touch to each one, and he was miraculously healed by one of them.

The Constantinian church was much larger than the one that stands today, but had a simpler layout. It consisted of an atrium (which reused part of Hadrian's temenos wall), a covered basilica, an open courtyard with the stone of Golgotha in the southeast corner, and the tomb of Christ, enshrined in a small, circular edifice. The tomb of Christ was not completed until 384 AD, well after the dedication of the church, because of the immense labor involved in cutting away the rock cliff in order to isolate the tomb.

This building was severely damaged by fire in 614 AD when the Persians invaded Jerusalem. They also captured the True Cross, but in 630, Emperor Heraclius marched triumphantly into Jerusalem and restored the True Cross to the rebuilt Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The church was reconstructed under the patriarch Modestus with no major changes to the original plan.

In 638, the Christians were forced to surrender Jerusalem to Muslim control under caliph Omar. In a remarkable gesture for the time, Omar refused to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, saying, "If I had prayed in the church it would have been lost to you, for the Believers [Muslims] would have taken it saying: Omar prayed here." This act of generosity would have unfortunate consequences, however.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre continued to function as a Christian church under the protection of Omar and the early Muslim rulers, but this changed on October 18, 1009, when the "mad" Fatimid caliph Hakim brutally and systematically destroyed the great church.

The three primary custodians of the church, first appointed when Crusaders held Jerusalem, are the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic and Roman Catholic churches. In the 19th century, the Coptic Orthodox, the Ethiopian Orthodox and the Syrian Orthodox acquired lesser responsibilities, which include shrines and other structures within and around the building. An agreement regulates times and places of worship for each Church.

Click on the link below to get the entire article.
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-church-of-holy-sepulchre#1

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Special Prayer Requests

Please read and help us Pray for these interests of our Mission Parish.
(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

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Please Pray for His Eminence, Archbishop Alypy

Statement from the Diocesan Chancery of the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America

September 25/October 8, 2015

Venerable Sergius of Radonezh

On October 7, 2015 His Eminence Archbishop Alypy experienced a sudden bout of low blood pressure. His Eminence was transported to the hospital and after an examination it was determined that he was suffering from a pulmonary embolism. His Eminence is responding well to the prescribed medication and although his condition is serious, it is not life threatening. Nonetheless, we ask the prayers of the faithful for Archbishop Alypy during his convalescence. Updates will be provided if and when warranted. It is our hope and expectation that Vladyka will recover from this episode and be able to return to his activities in the near future.

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Coptic Orthodox Priest Persecuted in Egypt

+Memory Eternal+

Cairo-Egypt: A Coptic Orthodox Christian priest was murdered and another was injured in a knife attack this morning in the Capital city of Cairo.

Father ‘Samaan Shihata’ (Fr Simon) from Bani Suief, Upper Egypt, was on a visit to Cairo with another priest. They were attacked by some unknown person who killed Fr Simon.

Local media reported that police have arrested the culprit and he is currently under investigation.

The ancient Coptic orthodox christian community in Egypt face various persecution from religious fanatics .

May be the memory of the depart be eternal.

Source:
OCP News Service

For more information, please refer to this link:
http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/coptic-orthodox-priest-killed-in-egypt/

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

December

12/01 – Happy Birthday Alexandra Kandikova
12/02 – Happy Birthday Fr. Elias Nasr (New York)
12/02 – Happy Birthday James Layne*
12/03 – Happy Birthday Sub-Deacon Eric Shanburn
12/03 – Happy Birthday Michelle Owens*
12/09 – Happy Birthday Victor Pruchniewski
12/11 – Happy Birthday Angelina Harchenko
12/11 – Happy Birthday Sister Vassa Larin
12/12 – Happy Birthday Roger Dage
12/12 – Happy Birthday Victoriya Kalinina
12/17 – Happy Birthday Eddie Woods*
12/18 – Happy Birthday Aaron Slis-Morton
12/19 – Happy Birthday Daniel Harchenko
12/21 – Happy Birthday Sue Donovan*
12/22 – Happy Birthday Marina Edwards
12/26 – Happy Birthday Martin Wilson*
12/29 – Happy Birthday Charles Bowser III

12/17 – Happy Anniversary Luis and Araceli Nino

 

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Orthodox Education: A Life Lesson

Please refer to this area to learn an Orthodox Lesson for Life!

(If you have any questions, please email or call anytime.)

Who is Christ the Savior? What does "Not-Made-By-Hands" mean?

Christ the Savior Orthodox Church

Translation of the Image “Not-Made-By-Hands” of our Lord Jesus Christ from Edessa to Constantinople, the Third “Feast of the Savior in August”

Commemorated on August 16

The Transfer from Edessa to Constantinople of the Icon of our Lord Jesus Christ Not-Made-by-Hands occurred in the year 944. Eusebius, in his HISTORY OF THE CHURCH (I:13), relates that when the Savior was preaching, Abgar ruled in Edessa. He was stricken all over his body with leprosy. Reports of the great miracles worked by the Lord spread throughout Syria (Mt.4:24) and reached even Abgar. Without having seen the Savior, Abgar believed in Him as the Son of God. He wrote a letter requesting Him to come and heal him. He sent with this letter to Palestine his own portrait-painter Ananias, and commissioned him to paint a likeness of the Divine Teacher.

Ananias arrived in Jerusalem and saw the Lord surrounded by people. He was not able to get close to Him because of the large throng of people listening to the preaching of the Savior. Then he stood on a high rock and attempted to paint the portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ from afar, but this effort was not successful. The Savior saw him, called to him by name and gave him a short letter for Abgar in which He praised the faith of this ruler. He also promised to send His disciple to heal him of his leprosy and guide him to salvation.

Then the Lord asked that water and a cloth be brought to Him. He washed His Face, drying it with the cloth, and His Divine Countenance was imprinted upon it. Ananias took the cloth and the letter of the Savior to Edessa. Reverently, Abgar pressed the holy object to his face and he received partial healing. Only a small trace of the terrible affliction remained until the arrival of the disciple promised by the Lord. He was Saint Thaddeus, Apostle of the Seventy (August 21), who preached the Gospel and baptized Abgar and all the people of Edessa. Abgar put the Holy Napkin in a gold frame adorned with pearls, and placed it in a niche over the city gates. On the gateway above the icon he inscribed the words, “O Christ God, let no one who hopes on Thee be put to shame.”

For many years the inhabitants kept a pious custom to bow down before the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands, when they went forth from the gates. But one of the great-grandsons of Abgar, who later ruled Edessa, fell into idolatry. He decided to take down the icon from the city wall. In a vision the Lord ordered the Bishop of Edessa to hide His icon. The bishop, coming by night with his clergy, lit a lampada before it and walled it up with a board and with bricks.

Many years passed, and the people forgot about it. But in the year 545, when the Persian emperor Chozroes I besieged Edessa and the position of the city seemed hopeless, the Most Holy Theotokos appeared to Bishop Eulabius and ordered him to remove the icon from the sealed niche, and it would save the city from the enemy. Having opened the niche, the bishop found the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands: in front of it was burning the lampada, and upon the board closing in the niche, a copy of the icon was reproduced. After a church procession with the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands had made the circuit of the city walls, the Persian army withdrew.

In the year 630 Arabs seized Edessa, but they did not hinder the veneration of the Holy Napkin, the fame of which had spread throughout all the East. In the year 944, the emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitos (912-959) wanted to transfer the icon to the Constantinople, and he paid a ransom for it to the emir of the city. With great reverence the Icon of the Savior Not-Made-by-Hands and the letter which He had written to Abgar, were brought to Constantinople by clergy.

On August 16, the icon of the Savior was placed in the Tharossa church of the Most Holy Theotokos. There are several traditions concerning what happened later to the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands. According to one, crusaders ran off with it during their rule at Constantinople (1204-1261), but the ship on which the sacred object was taken, perished in the waters of the Sea of Marmora.

According to another tradition, the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands was transported around 1362 to Genoa, where it is preserved in a monastery in honor of the Apostle Bartholomew. It is known that the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands repeatedly gave from itself exact imprints. One of these, named “On Ceramic,” was imprinted when Ananias hid the icon in a wall on his way to Edessa; another, imprinted on a cloak, wound up in Georgia. Possibly, the variance of traditions about the original Icon Not-Made-by-Hands derives from the existence of several exact imprints.

During the time of the Iconoclast heresy, those who defended the veneration of icons, having their blood spilt for holy icons, sang the Troparion to the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands. In proof of the validity of Icon-Veneration, Pope Gregory II (715-731) sent a letter to the Byzantine emperor, in which he pointed out the healing of King Abgar and the sojourn of the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands at Edessa as a commonly known fact. The Icon Not-Made-by-Hands was put on the standards of the Russian army, defending them from the enemy. In the Russian Orthodox Church it is a pious custom for a believer, before entering the temple, to read the Troparion of the Not-Made-by-Hand icon of the Savior, together with other prayers.

According to the Prologue, there are four known Icons of the Savior Not-Made-by-Hands:

  • · at Edessa, of King Abgar (August 16)
  • · the Kamulian, -- Saint Gregory of Nyssa (January 10) wrote of its discovery, while according to Saint Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain (July 14), the Kamulian icon appeared in the year 392, but it had in appearance an icon of the Mother of God (August 9)
  • · in the time of Emperor Tiberius (578-582), Saint Mary Syncletike (August 11) received healing from this

on ceramic tiles (16 August)

The Feast of the Transfer of the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands, made together with the Afterfeast of the Dormition, they call the third-above Savior Icon, the “Savior on Linen Cloth.” The particular reverence of this Feast in the Russian Orthodox Church is also expressed in iconography, and the Icon Not-Made-by-Hands was one of the most widely distributed.

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Special Thank you!

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Thank you Fr. Joshua Genig

We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to Fr. Joshua Genig, who with the blessing of his Bishop John, his Dean, Fr. Roman Starr and his family, has been able to celebrate the Divine Liturgy for us in our new facility in River Rouge.  It has been a true inspiration and honest spiritual experience to have him serve for us.  Thank you so much!

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Parish Life Ministries

Please refer to this area for the Housekeeping Issues in our Mission Parish.
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Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Now that we have Our Blessing, a new Website, and are Creating a True Membership List, we want to get our word out, specifically reaching out and evangelizing our neighborhoods and communities, as well as to our Orthodox "lost sheep"
 
Experience has proven that our E-Newsletter campaign has been a tremendous success in getting attention and that there is still a need for a Snail-Mail Program, along with utilizing the several media avenues to help us to continue growing quickly.  Remember though:  That our best advertising is "By Word of Mouth" and we would like to let you know that we want you to come as often as you can, and bring your friends.
 
Please sign yourself and family members and friends up for our FREE Newsletters and pick up our Bulletins.  Stop by the table at our events, call or email us with the details and we will get them started right away. 
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Donations
As a mission parish family, we decided that we want people to come and celebrate with us first - to realize that their fortunes and challenges are part of their relationship with God, and we want to support each other.  We also want to be sure that money should not be a priority when coming here, so with that in mind, we decided NOT have collections during our services.
 
Instead, we graciously accept donations of support by providing a box near the rear of the church for people to give of their free will.  It is very important to note that even in the Bible, tithing was encouraged and everyone was asked to give a portion of their wealth, but they didn't pass a basket.  It is all left to the individual people.
 
We still have a mortgage payment, utilities and insurance, and of course, the best part is being able to help support a priest and his family.  We should see it as our responsibility to take care of them, especially since we know that they help take care of us, too!
 
We have provided forms and envelopes in the back of the building and in our bulletins, so that if you want to dedicate your donations or be acknowledged (and for tax purposes), just fill out the form, put everything together and drop it in and/or mail it to our office.
 
Your generosity is always appreciated and can be recognized in future publications with a special "Thank you" for your support.
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Youth Group/Church School

Since we all need to occasionally refresh ourselves spiritually, we thought that this might be a nice way to segway into a new-style Orthodox Christian Education Program.  We are working on a different kind of an idea for a Church School Program for KIDS and ADULTS. 

 

For the Kids:

We are currently organizing our new Children's Church School Program to start in September, and since there is no registration, all children are welcome anytime for this program.  Our younger ones will have a program that is being created to make it exciting and entertaining.  They will have many opportunities to learn, build, and/or sing each week.  They will also participate in Arts and Crafts, Music, Iconography, and Q&A sessions with the priest.
 
We will divide it into 3 basic groups determined by age: 
 - 5 - 7 year olds will have a more basic idea of who Jesus was, and what we do to honor and celebrate Him
 
 - 8-12 year olds will get a little more indepth with Jesus and his journeys and interactions with other Saints
 
 - 13-15 will get more philosophical and delve into the hows and whys of Jesus Christ
 
 
For the Adults:
We will look into the values of our Lessons and work at what we all should be doing to help celebrate and promote our Faith.  This would include:  Music, Reading/Chanting, Serving in the Altar, Celebrating, and how to bring this stuff home to continue living our lives.  There is nothing that should be overwelming.  We just need a way to be able to continue learning and living our lives in Christ until we can get back to church.
 
We will be using different forums to do this, including Questions/Answers for our adults after church, Visiting Speakers, and Field Trips.  This type of informal setting has proven to be very valuable, and is peaking the interest of our people.   With so much interest in adults wanting to learn (and become) Orthodox, and some of our men also expressing sincere interest wanting to become Tonsured Readers, we will all learn together.
 
Sometimes, the best experiences maybe not even necessarily church related events like:  bowling, a barbecue, theater or museum.  We will be doing this stuff, as well.
 
What a great way to learn - Please watch for announcements.
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Choir
We are proud that our Liturgies and Services are celebrated IN ENGLISH, and eventually we may sprinkle them with various languages to celebrate our various cultures.  We also will be very active with everyone trying to participate with congregational singing (especially with the kids).  Any plans that we have will still have a need for us to organize a choir. 
 
Please consider joining us, and encourage your family and friends.  We are in need of people with or without musical experience.  As we structure, we may also try to organize a Junion Choir.  This is all exciting, but there are no rehearsals planned yet. 
 
Maybe we should seriously look for a choir director to manage our many voices.  Any volunteers?
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Teen Youth Group
There are some really great programs for our Teens in the Orthodox Church, and with our influence and trust to teach and let them do important work in our community, we have found that they are responsible and capable.  They are Our Future! T
he various programs throughout the Diocese illustrate the support we have and as such, programs are being developed.  They have not only participated in religious forums (IE: Retreats, Bible Studies and Organized activities like the 30 mile Procession of the Cross), but have had fun bonding lifetime friendships across the country and beyond.
 
We have a great group of Teens in our Mission Parish.  Now all we have to do is organizing our new Church Teen/Youth Group.  Since there is no registration, all Teens are welcome anytime for this program.  There will be a lot of local things for them to do, as well; and we certainly could use their responsibility in the church.   Please encourage yours to join us.
 
NOTE:  We are always looking for good leaders to help teach and mentor them.  Please consider us.
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Pastoral Visits
Please let us know about anyone you know would like to be visited (including yourself), and we will contact you to make all of the arrangments.
 
We would like to find and visit our SHUT-INS, whether you are in a hospital, nursing center or just at home, we would like to visit you, and with the onset of our newly organized Orthodox Adult Day Care, please let us know what we can do for you.
 
We still have blessed water, and are able to Bless Homes and Graves by appointment.  Now is the time to get it done for you, too.  Please make sure you are on our list.
 
Again, please let us know if you, or someone you know, would like to be visited, and we will contact you to make it happen.  Let us know what we can do for you.
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Awesome Orthodox Ideas and Websites

Please refer to this area for Great Ideas, Groups and Businesses that supportr our Mission Parish.
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The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - Official Website

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Official website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Copyright © 2016
Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Republication or retransmission of materials must include the reference:
"The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia."
75 East 93rd Street
New York NY 10128 U.S.A.
Tel: (212) 534-1601
E-mail for content information: englishinfo@synod.com
E-mail for technical information: webmaster@synod.com

 

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Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America

Sporting a Brand New Beautiful Design, the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America has brought our information to the forefront and made it all Very Interesting, Quite Resourceful and Super User Friendly for Everytone!  Click on the Link below and take a look around.

http://chicagodiocese.org/

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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 

The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit is a cooperative organization of clergy and laity, established in 1957.

Our mission is to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in the region through worship and fellowship, offering a variety of charitable, educational and outreach programs.  Additionally, we work with our parishes, across all canonical jurisdictions, striving to enhance and strengthen their efforts and ministries.  We invite and encourage you and your parish to become active in the COCC!  Help us better live the ancient Faith in a modern world, serving one another and our great city as a more vibrant and dynamic organization.

 
COCC Highlights

Welcome to the new COCC Website!          https://www.coccdetroit.org/

December 12 - St. Thomas Church, Farmington Hills

 

  Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit - COCC

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Orthodox Radio - Sunday Evenings
 
The Voice of the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Detroit
 
 

Listen in each week on 690 AM.  If you miss the broadcast you can hear it at anytime by going to www.doorradio.org and selecting DOOR Podcast Archives.  You can then listen to or download or share any of our broadcasts.

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5/9/15

Detroit's Own Orthodox Radio

DETROIT, MI [COCC] -- The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) has announced the launch of its latest media ministry effort – Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) – on May 31, 2015, Pentecost Sunday. Its purpose is to promote Orthodox Christianity, connect local parishes, educate and entertain listeners.

The show will air on WNZK 690AM, Detroit’s Station of Nations, each Sunday 4:00-5:00 p.m. It will also be streamed live online at www.birach.com/wnzk.html. (We recommend using Winamp as the media player; download it free here.)

The first incarnation of “The Orthodox Hour” aired in the late 1980s into the early 1990s. It was a 30-minute program in the English language hosted by Fr. Leonte Copacia, and later for a short time by Fr. Dusan Koprivica. (A one hour time-slot was shared with the Romanian Orthodox Deanery of Michigan that had a 30-minute Romanian language program each week.) The show was well received by listeners, but due to financial challenges the program ceased to be broadcast.

Thanks to the initiative of several individuals working under the auspices of the COCC, a plan to bring an Orthodox Christian radio broadcast back the Detroit area was presented to the council and received its full endorsement, as well as the funds for its initial development.

Both Metropolitan Nicholas of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit and Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America have endorsed and given their blessing to this project.

Advertising available

Material support for this project will be vital to its continuation. Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to advertise their business, publicize coming events, greet family and friends, or announce a family event (weddings, births, etc.). Advertising segments are available in 15-second ($25), 30-second ($50), 45-second ($75) and 60-second ($100) durations, as well as special show sponsorships.

For more information or to reserve your spot as a sponsor or advertiser, contact Sanya Milutinovic at (586) 770-3372 or advertising@DOORradio.org.

Executive Producer sought

In an effort to further establish the work that the committee has begun, the COCC is searching for an Executive Producer to coordinate various aspects of managing the show, including (but not limited to) production, advertising, promotion, communications and reporting. This will be a volunteer position at first, with the intention that a remuneration plan will be considered once there is sufficient regular funding for the project.

For more information or to apply to be considered by the committee for the Executive Producer position, contact COCC President Richard Shebib at (248) 345-9346 or president@coccdetroit.org.

More information on programming, and how you can participate, will be posted at www.DOORradio.org in the coming weeks.

Please pray for our success and be sure to tune in – the DOOR is open!

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FOCUS - Motor City

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 “Empowering Detroit Children Experiencing Poverty to Succeed in School”

IN DETROIT, 59% of children live in poverty. The highest rate of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Some of the effects of poverty on children are poor academic achievement, under resourced schools, food insecurity, poor nutrition, substandard housing and lack of access to basic needs. By 4th grade minority children on avg. are already 3 years behind and have a greater chance of dropping out in H.S. and becoming the next generation of dependent families in poverty. By no fault of their own they are brought into this world with a great deal of challenges. We believe they can succeed in school and reach their potential with support. This must happen before they enter Secondary School.

FOCUS Motor City exists to empower them to have the skills and proficiency so that they can succeed, access opportunities and live future sustainable lives. We partner with Detroit Elementary schools, families and organizations to ensure K-5 students achieve their academic grade level in all subjects before entering Secondary school. We do this through addressing education needs (such as reading, tutoring, textbooks, school supplies), food insecurity (weekend food sacks, emergency pantry) and resource needs (emergency clothing, hygiene, and household items).

 

Contact Information
Eric Shanburn- Center Director

248-671-4483

4750 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

detroit@focusna.org

Website
For more information, visit the FOCUS Motor City website at www.focusmotorcity.org

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Their Brand New Quarterly Newsletter

 

 

To view or download a color PDF version click  FOCUS Fall Newsletter PDF

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Coffee With Sister Vassa

Give yourself about 10 minutes each week and watch this YouTube Video.  It is Sister Vassa as she takes an informal look at Orthodox topics each week and in a very comfortable and humorous way, describes and teaches.  We have subscribed to this and shall keep up to date, but we are also inviting you to do the same.

 

Coffee with Sister Vassa

 A must see - Click on the link above!

 

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Captions available in RUSSIAN, GREEK, SERBIAN, ROMANIAN, BULGARIAN, HUNGARIAN, ENGLISH. Also available in iTunes for iPhone and iPad! Theology with a bit of humor. A brief, weekly program discussing the Church calendar and liturgy. Hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin of the University of Vienna in Austria.

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Ancient Faith Radio - An Orthodox Tradition
Ancient Faith Radio is a pan-Orthodox Internet based radio station on the air 24 hours a day. Choose a listen button from the top right of our page to tune in. We provide a steady stream of the rich, traditional music of the Orthodox faith as well as several daily and weekly programs and free downloadable Podcasts as part of our unique service. We encourage you to listen daily to this free, listener supported ministry and subscribe to our growing list of Podcasts!
 
RussianFolk.com - Home of Golden Gates

 Golden Gates - Russian Instrumental/Dancing/Singing Company

Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s.  After completing their Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States.  Initially touring the Western states and the Hawaiian Islands, the group met with great acclaim due to their considerable talents and natural exuberance.  Their venues have been as varied as First Night New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.  They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.

 

Their concerts feature traditional and classical Russian songs and instrumentals, audience participation, dance and humor.

"We found out that people associate this culture to our Holy Orthodoxy and we would like to bring awareness to our little mission group, who works hard to bring our very traditional faith in an English speaking based format, and want to attract our Lost Sheep, as well as others who may be looking for a deep, rich Christian Faith that can be tracked back to the original 12 Apostles," said Fr. Gregory Joyce.

 

Below are a couple of links to watch videos of past performances of Golden Gates, as well as we encourage you to click on the link to visit their website.
 
Check them out!
 
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I have taken a lot of time and education to attain a tremendous amount of experience, and have successfully been helping many families for several years now throughout the Metro Detroit Area and around the entire state.  I enjoy helping all people and have been told that I am good at what I do!

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Mission Core Group - Mission Statement

We consider ourselves a Mission Group of dedicated and energetic Orthodox Christians who feel that there is an excellent opportunity for growth in the teachings of Our Faith, and want to spread the love and compassion of God’s Will through prayer and celebration.